I know pseudokiwi has a diary containing links but this article blew me away and I had to share it. The columnists and beat writers in Orange County worship the Angels. They have selective memories, thinking that Angel's history consists of 2002 and 2004. Other than the occasional `we need a dh' or `we need a lefty reliever,' you will not see much criticizing.
This article was on the front page of The Orange County Register (the only OC paper) sports section.
To read the article you need to register - but it is free and, trust me, the read is worth it. Of course maybe this is just a bigger deal to me than others because I am surrounded by the red devils every day.
A few selected gems:
The story now isn't about the Angels as much as it is about the finest team A's general manager Billy Beane didn't have to buy.
If it wasn't official before, it is now. Beane is the closest thing to a wizard this side of the new Harry Potter edition.
Unlike the Angels, whose run-producing seems to revolve strictly around Vladdy Guerrero, Garret Anderson and the often-underrated Bengie Molina, the A's come at you with six players - Eric Chavez, Mark Kotsay, Scott Hatteberg, Bobby Kielty and rookies Nick Swisher and Dan Johnson - all of whom are driving in runs. The result is a much more balanced lineup.
Without Mulder and Hudson, the re-designed A's rotation is led by Rich Harden, who has come back from an early-season strained left oblique muscle to evolve into maybe the finest pitcher in the American League.
Add Barry Zito, Joe Blanton, Danny Haren and Cal State Fullerton alum Kirk Saarloos, and you have a group throwing as well, if not better, than any in baseball. Put that together with a bullpen loaded with gifted arms, one of them actually left-handed, and the success of the A's no longer seems such a mystery.